April 23rd, 2010
02:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin testifies in hacking case

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/23/art.getty.palin.jpg caption="Sarah Palin took the stand for about an hour Friday morning in the Knoxville, Tennessee, trial of a man accused of hacking her e-mail, a manager in the court clerk's office said."](CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin testified that she did not realize anyone had hacked her Yahoo e-mail account during the 2008 presidential campaign until it was reported in the news media, CNN affiliate WATE reported Friday.

The GOP's 2008 vice-presidential nominee took the stand for about an hour Friday morning in the Knoxville, Tennessee, trial of a man accused of hacking her e-mail, a manager in the court clerk's office said.

The prosecution is presenting its case against David Kernell, 22, who is charged with felony identity theft, wire fraud, intentionally accessing Palin's e-mail account without authorization and obstructing an FBI investigation.

Kernell, who was a University of Tennessee student, has pleaded not guilty. He is the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, a Democrat who has served in the Tennessee House for more than 30 years.

Palin told jurors that her life and the campaign were disrupted when the hacked e-mails were published, WATE reported.

It took several days for her to deal with media questions after her personal photographs and contacts were posted on the internet, she testified.

She closed her Yahoo e-mail account and her children gave their cell phones up to Secret Service agents, she said, according to WATE.

Prosecutors say Kernell accessed Palin's e-mail by resetting the password. He then allegedly read the contents and made screenshots of the
e-mail directory and other personal information, according to a federal indictment.

"The personal information included, and was not limited to, other e-mail addresses of family members, pictures of family members, at least one cell phone number of a family member, the dates of birth of Governor Palin and another family member, and Governor Palin's address book," the indictment says.

The screenshots were posted on a public website, and Kernell is alleged to also have posted the newly created password on that site, allowing others to access Palin's e-mail account, it says.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. DIANA

    Will she have the answers written on her hand?

    April 23, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Nice title since Palin is a political hack.

    April 23, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Felonious Monk

    The shame of the matter is:
    This young man will have to accept the responsibility for his actions, whereas Palin accepts absolutely no responsibility for hers.

    I feel shame as an American, a Real American whenever Palin does anything.

    April 23, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Can someone get her on the record as to what she really believes about Obama being born in the US; does she or doesn't she believe that it is true? I would also like to know the true reason why she quit being governor of Alaska.

    April 23, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. idesign

    and the Palin army marches on, gathering recruits along the way.....

    April 23, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Wally

    Can I sue her for infiltrating my emails with her crazy positions and proclamations?

    April 23, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    While I will be the first to say that Sarah 'Quitter' Palin is a completly deluded fruitcake, and has no business saying anything into a microphone –

    No one should have their email hacked. Ever. Hope they throw the book at this guy.

    April 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Phillip Bunn

    The only thing hacked about Sarah Palin is her brain. What a strumpet bimbo.

    April 23, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Rickster

    i can't wait to see if palin lied on the stand like bristol did when her testimony is dissected. her use of the email account was illegal in the first place.

    April 23, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Go get 'em Sarah!

    If a republican punk did this to a democrat politician, the lamestream media would never let it go.

    April 23, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Gil

    Who would want to seal the identity of Pathetic Palin. The world's biggest Bimbo that some other morons seem to hear the hate they want to hear?

    April 23, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. jerseylou

    Oh my goodness.....a thief being prosecuted for stealing from another thief.This is nothing but a waste of tax payers money!

    April 23, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Randall Arlebe

    It pains me to say this, seeing how I'm not fond of Ms. Palin, but the internet is like the wild west, with very few ways of finding the doers of anti-social activities, like email hacking.

    But in this case, we got one! Throw the book at him.

    April 23, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    Know what's amusing? The GOP have no room to complain if a mysterious "someone" hacks someone else's e-mail since they themselves have been doing that under the umbrella of "warrantless wiretapping" which is illegal and unconstitutional no matter what the Patriot Act says. Yet, now someone has invaded a GOPer's "privacy" and they're yelling foul?

    Yeah. Right.

    April 23, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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